REVIEW: Dividing a nation
By Omar Sirri, December 1, 2014
Iraqis living in the west have often sought to influence the political debate about their country’s current affairs, the policy decisions of western governments towards Iraq, or some mix of the two. These politicised members of the diaspora have almost always been influenced and guided by family histories and experiences that are enmeshed in Iraqi political history. For the respective authors of two new books that place at their heart Iraqi constitutional politics after 2003, this is certainly the case. Zaid Al-Ali begins his book, The Struggle for Iraq’s Future with a description of his family’s journey as a “contextual backdrop” that led to his own involvement in Iraqi political affairs.